Final Score Houston-23 Dallas-7
I was up in Austin for the weekend visiting some friends at UT and I was worried I was going to miss the game because none of my college friends have cable TV in their apartments and we were swimming at Barton Springs before the game was about to start. Once I realized my options were limited, I dashed down the street from Barton Springs to the nearest restaurant which happened to be a Chuy’s and watched the game at the bar. The Texans looked fantastic in the first half; the offense was driving up and down the field while the defense shut down the Cowboy’s offense. Matt Schaub hit Jacoby Jones on a beautiful 24 yard touchdown pass, Arian Foster looked great running the football and Andre Johnson was his usual self dragging defenders and making people look silly. The Texans played with intensity and were aggressive from the very start. They put pressure on Tony Romo, they got penetration against the run and played with attitude. They looked like a totally different team from the one we saw in New Orleans. When the Texans play at home they have an air of confidence that gets them fired up to play, there is no doubt about that. They hadn’t played at home yet and it made a huge difference because the crowd gave them energy to play at a higher level than they have so far this preseason.
The Texans running game looked phenomenal; Arian foster rushed for over 100 yards and a TD, Jeremiah Johnson had 53 yards on 9 carries and the offensive line consistently opened holes in the Dallas defense. Even though they struggled at times when they got into the redzone, the Texans offense looked great, especially because the defense continued to play lights out against the Cowboys starters and kept them off the scoreboard for the first 3 quarters. DeMeco Ryans recovered a fumble, Amobi Okoye registered a sack, and Kareem Jackson intercepted Tony Romo in the redzone off a tipped pass and returned it 64 yards to set the Texans offense up for another score. It was awesome to see the Texam’s 1st round rookie get into the action, the Texans are going to need Jackson and company to play well in the secondary this year. The only points the defense gave up were against the Cowboy’s backups when Jon Kitna threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogeltree. Despite the fact that the Texans still have a lot of problems that they need to work on, they look like a team that is ready for the regular season and is completely capable of putting up dominant performances against great teams.